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Modern Apprenticeship – Life Science

Zena Dodds and Kimberley Cadger19-year-old Zena Dodds always loved science at school and after some excellent exam results in fifth year, she had a choice of universities.

“It was tempting, but I realised I could do a degree and still struggle to find a job, especially in this economic climate."

18-year-old Kimberley Cadger also decided to give university a miss. She left school at the end of fifth year with an excellent set of Highers, but didn’t feel ready to become a full-time student.

“It was the practical side of science that appealed to me and I felt too young to go straight to university.”

Both young women applied to Glaxo Smith Kline to join their Modern Apprenticeship scheme in Life Science. Now in their second year, they attend Dundee and Angus College one day a week and supplement this with four days of practical on-the-job experience, learning from their co-workers in the profession.

As Kimberley says “the hands on experience, coupled with a good dose of theory work, is probably more valuable right now than a university course. I’m not ruling out any future full-time education, I’ll still be really young when I finish this after all, but with an MA, I’m not only learning on the job, I’m earning a very good salary AND avoiding debt at the same time. It’s a win-win situation as far as I’m concerned.”